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Perspectives on Medical Education

, Volume 1, Issue 5–6, pp 249–261

First Online: 19 October 2012


Clinical epidemiology CE and evidence-based medicine EBM have become an important part of medical school curricula. This report describes the implementation and some preliminary outcomes of an integrated CE and EBM module in the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia UI, Jakarta and in the University of Malaya UM in Kuala Lumpur. A CE and EBM module, originally developed at the University Medical Center Utrecht UMCU, was adapted for implementation in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Before the start of the module, UI and UM staff followed a training of teachers TOT. Student competencies were assessed through pre and post multiple-choice knowledge tests, an oral and written structured evidence summary evidence-based case report, EBCR as well as a written exam. All students also filled in a module evaluation questionnaire. The TOT was well received by staff in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur and after adaptation the CE and EBM modules were integrated in both medical schools. The pre-test results of UI and UM were significantly lower than those of UMCU students p < 0.001. The post test results of UMCU students were comparable p = 0.48 with UI, but significantly different p < 0.001 from UM. Common problems for the modules in both UI and UM were limited access to literature and variability of the tutors’ skills. Adoption and integration of an existing Western CE-EBM teaching module into Asian medical curricula is feasible while learning outcomes obtained are quite similar.

KeywordsCurriculum Medical students Under-graduate education Evidence-based medicine  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Indah S. Widyahening - Geert J. M. G. van der Heijden - Foong Ming Moy - Yolanda van der Graaf - Sudigdo Sastroasmoro


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